I love Strava. I absolutely hate Strava.

One of those statements is true. Or maybe it’s both….

Mostly all the TFITers Strava on a regular basis, recording the routes and segments we ride, exposing our highs and lows for all to see.

Personally I find it an extremely useful way of showing me if I’m on pace (or not) going downhill but if I’m honest more for the uphills. Bottom line is, it’s a fantastic app if you ride or indeed run.

So I was interested in a link James G sent me on vitalMTB to an article saying MTBs are being banned in a Californian County by a ‘far sighted’ Los Altos local government based on, yep you guessed it… Strava times.

Apparently this is due to complaints by horse riders and hikers that the riders have been ‘going to fast’ – ‘proven’ by some litigious individual by using the recorded Strava times as ‘definitive’ evidence.

I find it astounding that someone has been able to argue this successfully without anyone pointing out that the majority of people who ride a) are not Aaron Gwin and b) probably don’t even use Strava. I wonder how they decided what constitutes ‘going to fast’ – would that be just the top ten riders down the trail or are the collective MTBers of Los Altos all clones of the Athertons? Just… Oh… My… God!

I can just imagine what would happen if someone tried to implement that here. Also, it would be fascinating to see what effect it would have. Less than none I suspect.

UPDATE: Check out a post from TimFromWales on why we should all #StandUpForStrava.

Anyway, on the good news front – my new Bell Super 2 MIPS helmet has arrived (thank you Wiggle) to replace the crash impacted old one. And it fits the old chin strap like a charm. And it looks awesome. And it’s got red bits. And my cat likes it as well – sweet!